Softball Falls Just Short To Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-4

May 18, 2003

FULLERTON, Calif. - The fourth-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns ended the University of Oregon softball team's postseason run, defeating the Ducks 6-4 in the championship game of the NCAA Regionals in Fullerton, Calif., Sunday evening. Louisiana-Lafayette is the eighth team heading to Oklahoma City for the Women's College World Series.

But it wasn't without a fight. Oregon senior Lynsey Haij hit a two run home run in the top of the seventh inning to put the Ducks within two runs and Oregon had the go-ahead run on base, but in the end the Ducks fell just short.

Oregon played seven games in the regional tournament, winning its way back to the championship game after falling 2-1 to Oklahoma State Friday. The Ducks then went on to defeat San Diego State, 4-1; top-seeded Fullerton, 2-1; second-seeded Oklahoma State, 7-6 to advance to Sunday's games. Oregon won the first game with Louisiana-Lafayette 9-2 to advance to the championship game.

Oregon seniors Andrea Vidlund and Amber Hutchison were unanimous selections to the all-tournament team while senior Lynsey Haij and junior Anissa Meashintubby were also selected. The Ducks had the most players of any team to be selected to the all-regional tournament team. Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Brooke Mitchell was named the tournament's most outstanding player.

'What a tremendous season,' Oregon head coach Kathy Arendsen. 'I'm so proud of this team. We have a phenomenal group of seniors and they carried us. What a terrific run. This team fought until the very end and always found ways to put ourselves in position to win.'

It was an impressive tournament for Oregon, which finished the four day event with 37 runs scored, 11 doubles, six home runs and 29 RBI.

Individually, senior Andrea Vidlund was 11-for-25 (.440) with seven runs scored, four home runs, 13 RBI and two doubles.

Louisiana-Lafayette lead-off hitter Jill Roberston started the game with a home run as the Ragin' Cajuns scored five runs on four hits, including two home runs and two doubles.

Oregon's offense did respond in the second inning with Alyssa Laux and Jenn Poore each singling. Senior Janell Bergstrom advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt and sophomore Erin Goodell drove in both runners with a two-RBI double to deep left field to pull the Ducks within, 5-2.

Grayson hit her second home run of the game in the bottom of the third inning to put Louisiana-Lafayette up 6-2 before Haij's fourth home run of the season pulled the Ducks within two runs.

Oregon 020 000 0 - 4 10 3Louisiana-Lafayette 501 000 x - 6 6 1Win: Mitchell (26-7); Loss: Vidlund (6-2)2B: Webre (7); Castle (2); Goodell (3); Haij (9)HR: Robertson (11); Grayson 2 (7); Haij (4)

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